Discover the Inca Trail differently by living with the MISMINAY community. Learn all the customs, traditions and secrets of this community! Live this unique experience!
The Inca Trail, 4-day trek, 45 km, will lead you in the Inca steps, from the Sacred Valley to the citadel of Machu Picchu, through breathtaking landscapes, passing from cold Andean altitudes to the dense mountain forest. We will have to pass 3 passes, on a paved path with many stairs. We will have the chance to discover many Inca archaeological sites.
Before starting the intense & majestic Inca Trail, to acclimatize to the altitude, discover the MISMINAY community with whom we are linked since they are part of our team, some of them are our porters, our cooks ... They help us with the logistics of our treks and we want to help them develop by offering this experimental tourism. The idea is to exchange cultures and knowledge. They will give you their agricultural knowledge while you apply your new knowledge in the fields.
The first day will be dedicated to living with the community and sharing their daily life. The work of agriculture from plowing to harvesting, through the techniques of weaving with natural fabrics by learning ancestral techniques. You will of course enjoy the meals and typical dishes prepared by the community with the products they grow. Finally you will spend the night at the inhabitant with a family MISMINAY, which could as well be that of one of your carriers. Be aware that the living conditions are basic, but you will be entitled to a private room, and the showers are separated between men and women, normally with hot water!
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Time of transport : 1h15
Climate : Cold
Elevation : Cusco (3400m) - Minisminay (3700 m)
We will leave the MISMINAY Community in the morning. Before reaching our departure point km 82, we will stop at Ollantaytambo for breakfast. Namely, km 82 is the name for the official starting point of the Inca Trail. We will follow the Sacred Valley of the Incas to this point, where we will meet the rest of the team (porters, cooks ...). The trek will start with a suspension bridge that crosses the Urubamba River at an altitude of 2600 meters. The first day of the trek, the walk will be rather easy and will be a good warm-up for the following days. We will then discover the first archaeological site of the trek: Llactapata, agricultural center formed by large terraces Incas. Lunch, before continuing our walk. We will go up the river Cusichaca until the village of Wayllabamba (3000 meters of altitude), then we will join Yuncachimpa (3300 meters), for our first night in camp. Here we will have a splendid view of the mysterious Nevado de Verónica.
Difficulty level : medium
Time of walking : 7 hours
Distance: 12 km approximately
Elevation : Urubamba (2900 m) - Llactapata (2650 m) - Wayllabamba (3000 m) - Yumcachimpa (3350 m)
The second day will be marked by steep drops, so each one's rhythm and we will have many breaks. Early in the morning we will walk through Llulluchapampa Valley (3850m). The first 3 kilometers, you will appreciate the wooded and humid region, the path will rise slightly through a beautiful subtropical vegetation. The slope will then become steeper and the forests will gradually give way to bare landscapes of the "puna" altitude. We will climb gently up to Warmiwañusca Pass (4200 meters, "Pass of the Dead Woman" in Quechua). This climb is known as the most grueling of all the Inca Trail. After a short break, we will descend to the other side, up to the Pacaymayo River Valley (3500 meters), before starting to climb again to the archaeological site of Runkurakay (3950 meters). Perched on a rocky outcrop, this site served as a watchtower and tambo (relay) to the Chasquis (the Inca messengers). We continue the climb to the second pass, 3950 meters above sea level, before descending to the ruins of Sayacmarca (3600 meters), a small city composed of a labyrinth of alleyways, squares, houses, terraces, fountains, etc. We will quickly reach the site of our second camp, in Chaquicocha, 3650 meters above sea level and we will enjoy an impressive view of the mountains. After an excellent dinner prepared by our cooks, it will be time for a well deserved rest!
Difficulty level: difficult
Time of walking: 8 hours
Distance: 15 km approximately
Elevation : Yuncachimpa (3350 m) - Warmihuañusca pass (4215 m) - Pacaymayu (3500 m) - Runkurakay pass (3950 m) - Chaquicocha (3650 m)
This third day will be the most beautiful of the trek. You will notice a change in the ecosystem throughout your walk in the rainforest of Wiñaywayna. We will also walk along two lovely little lakes (3900m). We will start the day by going up slowly, and we will cross an Inca tunnel of about twenty meters then we will cross a forest, before reaching the last pass, at 3700 meters altitude. Below, the ruins of Phuyupatamarca: the "City above the clouds" (3600m), relay Inca, impresses with its circular walls and its ingenious system of aqueducts that still feeds the baths. Great view of the snow-capped peaks and the Urubamba Valley. The descent of the other side is under a thick bamboo cover. In the background, will appear the extraordinary ruins of Wiñay Wayna "eternally young" (2700m) on a rocky spur in the heart of the forest and overlooking the valley of the Urubamba. Dominated by a vast set of Inca terraces, the citadel is divided by a grand staircase leading to the ceremonial places. The zig-zag stairs to a red building, our last camping place where we will have access to hot water to fill our gourds.
Difficulty level : medium
Time of walking : 5 hours
Distance : 9 km approximately
Elevation : Chaquicocha (3680 m) - Phuyupatamarca (3600 m) - Wiñaywayna (2700 m)
Start at dawn with the flashlight, to the Gate of the Sun (Inti Punku) located at 2700 meters above sea level where we will have breakfast. From here you will have a panoramic view of Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. We will end this unforgettable hike by taking advantage of the sunrise on the sacred site of Machu Picchu.
After this magical moment, we will descend to the actual site of Machu Picchu (2400 meters altitude), where our guide will make us visit and we will see how life in the citade was, and the cults and ceremonies that the Incas realized in the many temples and sacred places present on the site. After a 2-hour guided tour, you can enjoy the magic of Machu Picchu sanctuary at your own pace. We will join Aguas Calientes in the afternoon where you can relax peacefully in the hot natural baths and enjoy the showers offered by the thermal baths, then we will take the train back to Cusco.
Difficulty level : medium
Time of walking : 2-3 hours
Distance: 5 km approximately
Elevation : WiñayWayna (2700 m) - Machu Picchu (2400 m) - Cusco (3400 m)
The train is possible in category Train Hiram Bingham - is a luxury service of the Orient Express, operated by the company "Peru Rail". All inclusive, you will experience an exceptional trip. The Hiram Bingham wagons are distinguished by their blue and gold color, warm and cozy interior and elegant tapestries. The service includes 4 wagons, 2 wagons restaurant, as well as a wagon with panoramic view with bar. Also included are brunch and dinner on board.
To take the train as early as possible, we advise you to spend the night in Urubamba or Ollantaytambo the day before the first day (not included). We can, of course, help you with the transfer of Cusco and the hotel reservation. In this way, you will not have to hurry up on the day of departure.
It is still possible to leave Cusco, but it will be necessary to get up very early (around 4 am).
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING
HOTEL & RESTAURANT
During the high season (May to August), we are subject to restrictions set by the Ministry of Culture, which provides us with passes for Mach Picchu, so the trek departure dates could be changed to one or two days past, we will then adapt the program so that you can make the most of it.
(1) Huayna Picchu mountain tour or Machu Picchu: To climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu, this requires a good time in advance. We take care of the booking and guarantee your entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu. With, of course, an additional charge of $ 70.00 in addition to the entrance to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, according to the regulation of the Ministry of Culture (this new law came into force on July 18, 2011).
(2) Additional carrier : According to the law (26702) of the Ministry of Employment, the collaboration of an additional bearer will be granted at the request of the customer. However, the customer's luggage must not exceed 12 kilograms. The service costs USD 140 and includes transportation, entrance to the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment.
(3) Gratuities : For guides (and possible porters) are always welcome.
(4) Student card : To qualify for the $ 20.00 student discount, you must have a valid ISIC student card when booking - not just when you arrive in Cusco! The validity must correspond to the whole year in progress. When booking, we will need a copy of your card. The Ministry of Culture is strict when regulating student cards.
(5) CANCELLATION : For any last minute cancellation, the expenses already made by the agency will be at your expense. (See the terms and conditions)